Date published: 7th October 2016
  • Taxis transporting over 1 million passengers going electric or hybrid
  • Hybrid vehicles to switch to electric operation within 10 miles of airport
  • Another first in Gatwick’s journey to be the UK’s most sustainable airport

Gatwick Airport has signed a pioneering agreement with its on-airport taxi company to reduce emissions by 75% per journey by 2020 using either electric or hybrid vehicles, saving an estimated 2,000 tonnes of C02 per annum.

An innovative aspect of the agreement with Airport Cars Gatwick, which is the first of its kind for a UK airport, will see electric and hybrid vehicles switch to electric operations within a 10 mile radius of the airport, further reducing carbon emissions in the local area. 

The scheme was announced at Gatwick’s Transport Forum, which brings together key transport stakeholders to collaborate on sustainable transport initiatives and is a key component in Gatwick’s strategy to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2020.  

Airport Cars Gatwick who transport over 1 million passengers to and from the airport each year will be undertaking a trial of electric and hybrid vehicles in the coming months before rolling out a combination of electric vehicles more widely. The company currently operates 250 vehicles, each averaging 1,300 journeys a year, equating to 50,000 miles per vehicle.  

Gatwick is aiming to be the UK’s most sustainable airport and has set ambitious targets on key environmental criteria including energy and water use, waste management, air quality, carbon emissions and biodiversity.

Air quality surrounding airports is a defining issue in the airport expansion debate. Gatwick has never breached air quality limits and has committed to remaining well within these legal limits during construction and operation of a second runway.

Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer, Guy Stephenson said:

“This is a ground-breaking agreement which further demonstrates Gatwick’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and our pro-active approach in managing the air quality around the airport.

“By working closely with our commercial partners like Airport Cars Gatwick this is another important step in our journey to become the UK’s most sustainable airport.

“As Gatwick continues to grow - and as we push for the go-ahead to build a second runway - we are doing all we can to grow sustainably and to limit our impact on the environment. Unlike Heathrow, we have never breached legal air quality limits and this is a track record we are determined to maintain.”   

Notes to Editors:

Gatwick’s latest ‘Decade of Change’ sustainability report shows the airport making strong progress on its 2020 targets which include ambitious reductions in energy, carbon, waste and water. As part of Gatwick’s route map to be the UK’s most sustainable airport, Jacobs was commissioned to identify UK and European airports that are achieving best in class performance for environmental efficiency in energy, waste, water and carbon. Jacobs’ research shows that Gatwick is performing well but can do more to match exemplar performance by airports such as Arlanda and Copenhagen. Later this year Gatwick will be announcing further initiatives as part of its sustainability route map for 2020 and beyond.